Entries tagged with: RIP
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The "Sopranos" actor appeared recently in "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." He had been working on Fox Searchlight's "Animal Rescue," now in post-production, HBO show "Criminal Justice" as well as CBS show "Taxi 22." - [Variety]Sad, sad news. Rest in peace, James.
Slim Whitman, the singer known for the 1952 hit "Indian Love Call," died Wednesday (June 19) in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 89. His death from heart failure was confirmed by his son-in-law.You may also remember that Slim Whitman's yodel saved us from Martians in 1996. A true country legend, we'll miss you Slim. Rest in peace.
The sweeping falsetto vocals of "Indian Love Call" helped the single sell 1 million copies, as well as reach No. 2 on the country chart. It also became a Top 10 pop hit.
In addition, the single "Rose Marie" spent 11 weeks at No. 1 in England and reached the Top 5 on the country chart in 1954. Whitman joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1955. Between 1952 and 1954, Whitman earned eight Top 10 hits for Imperial Records. He landed his final Top 10 singles in 1971 with "Guess Who" and "Something Beautiful (To Remember)." - [CMT]
A few videos are below.
Joey Covington, who appeared on Jefferson Airplane's 1969 album, Volunteers, and officially joined the band as their drummer for their final two albums, Bark and Long John Silver (not counting the 1989 reunion album), passed away in a car crash this past Tuesday (6/4), Billboard reports. He was 67.
In addition to drumming in Jefferson Airplane and even doing some singing/songwriting, Joey was also responsible for introducing violinist Papa John Creach to the band. He also played with JA side project Hot Tuna, contributed to Paul Kantner's Blows Against the Empire album, and briefly worked with Jefferson Starship. He also had one solo album, Joe E. Covington's Fat Fandango.
Rest in peace, Joey. You'll be missed. Listen to some songs he co-wrote below...
Bolder played alongside Bowie on his albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups, and also toured with him. To pay tribute to him, Bowie posted the following to his website:
Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.Uriah Heep, who Bolder joined in 1976 and remained with until present day, also posted a message to their site:
It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced.Rest in peace, Trevor. You'll be missed.
His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band's music, and Trevor's virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie's legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.
Mick Box said, "Trevor was a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core".
Video of the Spiders From Mars performing "Starman" in 1972 below...
...After a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.The man laid his keyboard and bass sounds (usually at the same time) to all of the band's LPs, as well as being a producer and writer for projects as wide-ranging as jazz LPs to Wierd Al Yankovic.
RIP Ray Manzarek, though your unique sound with The Doors will always signify some of the most important records of the era. Check out some classic songs by The Doors below.
Romanthony, an influential house producer and singer best known for performing the vocals on Daft Punk's single "One More Time," has been reported to have died earlier this month.Romanthony lives on in his music. Rest in peace.
The artist, born Anthony Moore, reportedly passed away at his home in Austin, Tex. on May 7. As Chicago's 5 Magazine points out, Romanthony's sister Mellony Moore confirmed the passing in a Facebook post on May 9, and friend/collaborators like Boys Noize, MikeQ and Daone Remmidy (better known as Eve Angel) have all taken to social media to confirm the news and express their grief. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed. - [Billboard]
A few streams and videos are below...
Is Tim Dog still among us? Video news story and more info below...
Dave Lombardo & Jeff Hanneman of Slayer
From the official Slayer website
We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving - he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.So sad to hear.
Both Tom and Kerry have dropped off eulogies at the Slayer site, and now estranged member Dave Lombardo has done so on his Facebook:
"Jeff was the guy that shaved his head and shared the music he was so inspired by. I enjoyed DEAD KENNEDYS, CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG and THE GERMS with him.RIP Jeff. Its already been a week, and the news is no less shocking.
"My drumming was getting faster and Jeff was writing original songs with a punk attitude.
"The fusion of heavy metal and punk took over SLAYER's early mediocre style, hence a new force was born.
"Thank you, Jeff, for your inspiring discovery of punk rock that has continued to shape my personal drumming style."
Andy Warhol and Taylor Mead
Writer, actor, and performer Taylor Mead has passed at the age of 88.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mead appeared in Ron Rice's beat classic The Flower Thief (1960), in which he "traipses with an elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafes..." Film critic P. Adams Sitney called The Flower Thief "the purest expression of the Beat sensibility in cinema." Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman called Mead "the first underground movie star." -[Wiki]
The artist also appeared in several Andy Warhol films, including the infamous Taylor Mead's Ass, a film that consisted of, as Art Forum famously described it, "seventy-six seriocomic minutes of this poet/actor's buttocks absorbing light, attention, debris." He was also the subject of the 2005 documentary Excavating Taylor Mead.
RIP Taylor Mead. Head below for a few videos, including his appearance in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray's influence on today's film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK's own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.Though the visual effects master/producer is known for films like The Sinbad films (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), Jason and the Argonauts and others, I'll most remember his contributions to one of my favorite movies of my youth, 1981's Clash of the Titans (not that remake/abomination from a few years ago).
Ray Harryhausen, you will be missed, but your films will live on forever.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Founding member of Slayer, guitarist, and metal legend Jeff Hanneman died at 11AM PDT of liver failure at the age of 49, according to a report on Billboard.
Hannemann formed one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Slayer, in 1981, taking them to the top of the metal world and creating bonafide classics like Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, Seasons in the Abyss and more in the process. Thirty years later, Hannemann was forced to leave behind the band he loved after contracting necrotizing fasciitis in early 2011. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt sat in his stead in the time since.
Jeff Hanneman and Slayer are 100% responsible for creating some of the most important records of all time. I am personally saddened by the news. Rest in Peace.
Kelly on the left
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, one half of 90s rap duo Kris Kross, who were best known for their success at a young age, wearing their clothes backwards, and the hit song "Jump," passed away yesterday. He was 34. Chris' family released a statement about his death (via Fox 4)...
It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris -- the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him. -- Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def FamilyThe cause of death has not yet been reported. An autopsy is planned for today (5/2).
UPDATE: CNN is reporting the death as a "possible drug overdose."
Rest in peace, Chris. The video for "Jump" is below...
by Bill Pearis
Country music legend George Jones died today in Nashville after being hospitalized due to fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81. Jones' long recording career began in the mid-50s and included more than a dozen #1 hits such as "White Lightning," "She Thinks I Still Care," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Many of his biggest hits ("Golden Ring," "We're Gonna Hold On") were with Tammy Wynette with whom he was married for six years. George lived the life he sang about and his '70s hard-partying days earned him the nickname "No Show" Jones from the amount of gigs he never quite made it to. But his legacy lives on through his undeniable body of work. Rest in peace, George.
Richie Havens with friend @ Clearwater in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
We lost a big one today. Folk legend Richie Havens passed away today from a heart attack at age 72. The singer, who famously opened Woodstock in 1969 (video below), retired from performing last year after complications from kidney surgery. Rest in peace, Richie.
Divinyls' singer Christina Amphlett lost her battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis on Sunday (4/21). She was 53. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the Divinyls got their start in 1980, and their riff-heavy snarl was evident on their acclaimed first EP, Monkey Grip. It would take 10 years and four albums for them to break in America with the much poppier 1991 hit "I Touch Myself," but for those curious their early records are worth exploring. Amphlett's menacing stage presence was no small part of their appeal. Rest in peace, Christina.
A couple Divinyls' videos are below.
by Bill Pearis
Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, the band's management has confirmed.As one-third of groundbreaking graphic design company Hipgnosis, Storm Thorgerson helped create some of the most iconic album covers of the '70s and early-'80s (hell, ever), including T-Rex's Electric Warrior, Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Peter Gabriel's third album (the melty one), not to mention most of the art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. When that company disolved in 1987, Thorgerson formed Storm Studios and continued working with Pink Floyd, as well as doing covers for Catherine Wheel, Muse, Ween, Audioslave and many more. Rest in peace, Storm.
A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.
Most-famously he designed the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across The Dark Side Of The Moon.
His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.
His family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.
"He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003," it said.
"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."
Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour released a statement in which he said the artworks Thorgerson created for the band had been "an inseparable part of our work". - [BBC]
Most of his work with Hipgnosis can be seen here and a couple video interviews with Storm are below.
by Bill Pearis
I wish it weren't true, but as much as it pains me to write these words, Scott passed away on April 15, 2013. He was a wonderful, loyal friend as well as a brilliant musician, and I will miss him for the rest of my life.This is a big bummer. I have a deep affection Scott Miller's '80s band, Game Theory, who mixed '60s influences with powerpop and new wave. Their albums The Big Shot Chronicles and Lolita Nation still get pulled out fairly often on my stereo. His post-GT band, The Loud Family, were pretty great too.
Scott had been planning to start recording a new Game Theory album, Supercalifragile, this summer, and was looking forward to getting back into the studio and reuniting with some of his former collaborators.
If listening to Scott's own music is too painful for you right now, as it is for me, I can tell you that he absolutely loved David Bowie's new album, The Next Day. He found Bowie's late-career resurgence to be hugely inspirational. I'm sure that if there had been a 2013 chapter of Music: What Happened?, one of the songs from that album would have been right at the top. - [Loudfamily.com]
In addition to his contribution as a musician, Scott was a huge music nerd/enthusiast and his best-of-year lists (1966 - 1999) on Loud Family's website were a giant source of discovery for me, personally. He turned that and other writing on the site into a fantastic book, Music: What Happened?, which is highly recommended. Scott was 53. Rest in peace.
If you're unfamiliar with Game Theory, their many out-of-print albums were made available to download for free here via Loud Family. (You should really grab Lolita Nation.) The videos for Game Theory singles "Erica's Word" and "The Real Sheila" are below.
Our dearest Family,Chi is a founding member of the band and has played on all of their albums, except the two most recent ones -- 2010's Diamond Eyes and 2012's Koi No Yokan -- because of his condition. Rest in peace, Chi. You'll be missed.
This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi's son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
With great love and "Much Respect!" Mom J (and Chi)
Watch some videos from his time in the band below...
Mr. Winters was at his best when winging it, confounding television hosts and luckless straight men with his rapid-fire delivery of bizarre observations uttered by characters like Elwood P. Suggins, a Midwestern Everyman, or one-off creations like the woodland sprite who bounded onto Jack Paar's late-night show and simperingly proclaimed: "I'm the voice of spring. I bring you little goodies from the forest."Comedian and improv legend Jonathan Winters died last night (4/11) at his home in Monteceto, CA. He was 87. A few clips of his still-hilarious comic mind are below. Rest in peace, Jonanthan.
A one-man sketch factory, Mr. Winters could re-enact Hollywood movies, complete with sound effects, or create sublime comic nonsense with simple props like a pen-and-pencil set. - [NY Times]
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Don Blackman (September 1, 1953 - April 11, 2013) was an American jazz-funk pianist, singer, songwriter, producer born in Queens, New York.I first came across the music of Don Blackman via the song "Holding You, Loving You," which was sampled on the classic underground hip hop track "Too Complex" by L. The Head Toucha. Later I came to realize the breadth of his influence in the above mentioned groups, as well as penning tracks as a session musician for the likes of Kurtis Blow, Bernard Wright, Sting, Roy Ayers, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and many many others.
Blackman's neighbor as a child was Charles McPherson, and while still a teenager he played in McPherson's ensemble with Sam Jones and Louis Hayes. At the beginning of the 1970s, he played with Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers, before becoming a member of Lenny White's group Twennynine, for whom he penned songs such as "Peanut Butter" and "Morning Sunrise". He released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982 on Arista Records, including the songs "Holding You, Loving You", "Heart's Desire" and "Since You've Been Away So Long" that became minor hits in Europe.
R.I.P. Mr. Blackman. Stream two of his classics below.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87.Say what you will about Margaret Thatcher, but there's no arguing her regime (1979 - 1990, and she became leader of the conservative party in 1975) inspired a lot of great music and it could be argued she was as big an influence on UK punk/postpunk as The Ramones and The New York Dolls.
She suffered a stroke Monday, her spokeswoman said.
Thatcher's funeral will be at St. Paul's Cathedral, with full military honors, followed by a private cremation, the British prime minister's office announced.
Thatcher served from 1975 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.
She retired from public life after a stroke in 2002 and suffered several strokes after that. -[CNN]
Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by guitarist Stacy Blades, who was working on an untitled project with Johns until the producer was hospitalized last week.Rest in peace, Andy. Listen to some songs he engineered below...
No cause of death was immediately available for the British-born Johns, the younger brother and uncle, respectively, of fellow producer/engineers Glyn Johns and Ethan Johns. However, Blades said liver trouble was one reason why Johns had been hospitalized.
Johns' engineering resume, meanwhile, was dotted with landmark sets by the Stones -- including "Sticky Fingers," "Exile On Main Street," "Goats Head Soup" and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" -- Led Zeppelin's "II" through "Physical Graffiti" as well as albums by Mott the Hoople, Jethro Tull and many more. Johns relocated to Los Angeles during the 1970s, where he worked with Van Halen, Joni Michell, Ozzy Osbourne, Cinderella and Eddie Money. [Billboard]
by Bill Pearis
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died, reports The Chicago Sun-Times, the paper where he worked since 1967. He and Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel influenced the nation first with their movie review show Sneak Previews on PBS and then At the Movies and Siskel & Ebert in syndication. Gene Siskel died in 1999 from complications with brain surgery. Ebert contracted thyroid cancer in the early '00s and in 2006 post-surgical complications left him unable to speak, but his love of movies never went away.
On Tuesday (4/2), the 46th anniversary of his hire at the Sun-Times, he announced on his blog that his cancer had come back and was taking a "leave of presence." He was 70.
In addition to being the world's most famous movie critic, he also was a screenwriter for cult director Russ Meyer, having penned the screenplay to 1970's sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. The pair were hired by Malcolm McLaren to make a Sex Pistols movie, Who Killed Bambi, but production was halted when the backers read the screenplay (which he published on his blog in 2010). Hopefully Gene saved you the aisle seat. Rest in peace, Rog.
A few classic Siskel & Ebert clips are below...
A native of South Africa who at age 10 performed as a violinist for Queen Elizabeth II, Ramone spent years working as a songwriter, engineer and acoustics expert in New York before charting a path that would make him a trusted studio partner in the eyes (and ears) of the industry's biggest stars.Phil Ramone, who was hospitalized in February for an aortic aneurysm, died this morning. Rest in peace, Phil. The music lives on.
Among the albums on which he worked were Streisand's 1967 live 'A Happening in Central Park'; Paul & Linda McCartney's 'Ram' (1971), sandwiched between the Beatles and Wings eras; Dylan's aching 'Blood on the Tracks' (1975); Simon's pop classic 'Still Crazy After All These Years' (1975); Joel's critical and commercial breakthrough 'The Stranger' (1977); Sinatra's last-gasp 'Duets' (1993), a model of technical wizardry; and Charles' final album, the mega-selling 'Genius Loves Company' (2004). - [Billboard]
Deke Richards (center) with Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren
Deke Richards, a producer and songwriter who was part of the team responsible for Motown hits like "I Want You Back" and "Maybe Tomorrow," died Sunday at age 68, according to a press release from Universal Music. He had been battling esophageal cancer.Richards is responsible for writing/producing tracks for Bobby Darin, Diana Ross, Martha and the Vandellas, The Blackberries, Stacie Johnson and many others over the years, helping solidify Motown as the powerhouse that it once was.
Richards was leader of "The Corporation," Motown's songwriting and producing team that was also made up of Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren. The group wrote several hits for the Jackson 5, including "ABC" and "The Love You Save."
Richards co-wrote "Love Child" for Diana Ross & The Supremes, which went on to be a No. 1 hit. -[CNN]
Deke Richards may have passed, but his legacy and influence will live forever. Rest in peace, sir.